(GEMS RADIO) – In a recent Twitter space conversation on The Notorious B.I.G.’s 50th Birthday, Diddy is arguing that the only rapper that managed to step into Biggie’s and 2Pac’s shoes and fill them is JAY-Z.
2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. are arguably hip hop’s most prolific rappers. The two rappers were murdered less than a year apart, with Pac meeting his demise in Las Vegas in September 1996, while The Notorious B.I.G. was shot in Los Angeles in March 1997. At the time of their deaths, both rappers were at the top of their game.
Diddy Convinced that JAY-Z Filled 2pac And Biggie’s Shoes
“As far as Big and ‘Pac and pushing forward that’s just me being a student of the game and loving the game and loving the culture and wanting to push the culture forward,” said JAY-Z. “That was the challenge that I was faced with and that’s a void. That’s a big void. Others stepped in to fill it as well, not just myself. That’s a big void. That’s the two pillars right that. Imagine that, within a year.
“Bro, you filled them shoes though.” Diddy interjected. “You came in and we definitely give thanks. You definitely came, and I just know how much Big really looked up to Jay. They looked up to each other. That is crazy you had to step into the shoes of two people. That’s all it was those two people. They had things on lock. “Hov was coming, but it was like these two cats was just so big, and so to have all of that come on you and have that responsibility to keep this sh*t fly and keep the art of it going. I think Hov kept the art of it going and take where they was at and take it even higher.”
New York Celebrates Biggie’s 50th Birthday
On May 21st, Biggie would’ve been 50. The Birthday was celebrated by New Yorkers, with the Empire State Building in Manhattan Lighting up red and white in his honor.